Neutrally Buoyant PADI IDC

At Go Pro In Paradise we are trying to push more and more towards neutrally buoyant skills during our PADI IDC programmes at PADI CDC Lanta Diver on Koh Lanta, Thailand. We are trying to stay off the knees, and teaching more on fin-tips or in mid-water. The dive environment is becoming ever more fragile, and we need to train the future generation of divers to be even more environmentally aware, and with even better buoyancy skills than in the past.  There is no need to spend any time on the knees during diver training – we should promote proper weighting and positioning in the water right from the first moment new divers get their heads under the water.

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

It starts with Confined Water Dive #1 of the Open Water Course.  During our IDCs, the first time we take our IDC Candidates in the pool we conduct a CW Dive #1 workshop, and teach our candidates the importance of not over-weighting their future students, and how to get them neutrally buoyant before proceeding with the rest of the skills in CW Dive #1.  We achieve this by teaching the ‘Breathing Underwater’ skill as an introduction to the fin pivot (as described in a previous post).  All other skills in confined water can then be performed on fin-tips.

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

We also then conduct a neutrally buoyant skill circuit, with all skills demonstrated on fin-tips – staying off the knees.

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

After this skill circuit, we then conduct a Confined Water Dive #5 workshop, where we teach our IDC candidates how to help their Open Water students to make the transition from performing skills on their fin-tips to now performing them mid-water whilst swimming around the pool neutrally buoyant.  We also highlight the importance of correct weighting and the value of practising swimming in shallow water without touching the bottom or breaking the surface – demonstrating good trim and horizontal body position.

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

For the rest of the IDC, we then expect our candidates to perform all their teaching presentations in this manner.  Hopefully we can do our bit to inspire the next generation of PADI dive instructors to teach better buoyancy, trim, and environmental awareness in their future Open Water Courses…

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

If you would like to know more about our PADI IDC programmes, please feel free to visit our website, or to send us an email

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PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course

The PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course

Do you want to improve your dive holiday photos ?


Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. When you take this course, you will see a marked improvement in your photos, and you will be more familiar with your digital camera in no time at all…

Anyone can learn to take better pictures underwater…

The Fun Part

The PADI Digital Underwater Photography course is a two dive course.  You will also spend some time with your instructor before the dives with a theory session, and a session to get to know your camera.  Taking photos is a great way to relive the adventures you’ve had and to capture images to share with your friends and family.  In the Facebook age, everybody wants to share their photos instantly.  Following your dives during the course, your instructor will also show you a few tricks of post-production (editing on a laptop).

A portrait of a scorpionfish…


What You Learn

  • How to choose the right underwater camera system for you
  • The PADI SEA method for getting great shots quickly
  • The three primary principles for good underwater photos
The manual and white balance slate…


Your Next Adventure

Two excellent specialties to pair with underwater photography are the PADI Enriched Air Diver course, and the Peak Performance Buoyancy course on your way to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver.   The PADI Enriched Air Diver course allows you to extend your time underwater so you have more time to capture images.   The Peak Performance Buoyancy course gives you helpful tips to fine-tune your weighting and skills so you’ll be in better position to capture that perfect picture.

Already a PADI Pro ?

If you are a PADI Divemaster, or higher, you can also become qualified to teach the PADI D.U.P. Specialty.  The D.U.P. Specialty Instructor course takes a day or two, and can help you become more proficient with your own photography, but also more employable within the dive industry.  As a Divemaster taking this course, you will learn how to teach in the classroom and how to apply your photography skills to teaching others.  This is a great way for Divemasters to get some teaching experience before becoming a PADI Instructor.

Already an instructor ?  Then why not become qualified to teach one of PADI’s fastest growing specialties !  For more details, please e-mail me on

A leopard shark at Koh Phi Phi, Thailand…


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Nitrox & Deep Specialty Training

Over the last few days, Divemaster trainee Lou has also completed her PADI Enriched Air and Deep Specialty courses with me.

Lou analysing her tank...
Lou analysing her tank…

We’ve had some excellent dives. The highlight for me was the first dive at Monad Shoal. About twenty minutes into the dive we had an excellent thresher shark encounter. A beautiful female shark was circling in front of us, being attended to by the local cleaner wrasse.

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Thresher shark

After about ten minutes or so she returned to the depths. This also signalled the end of the no-decompression limits for the air divers. Whilst those guys were on their way back to the line for their ascent, we were also graced by the presence of a huge manta ray. It swooped slowly in for a leisurely loop around the cleaning station before heading back out into the blue…

Manta ray
Manta ray

We were also fortunate enough to see three thresher sharks the following morning during our 40m dive. One at the very beginning of the dive before we reached our maximum depth, so I wasn’t sure if Lou’s big smile was shark or nitrogen narcosis induced.  The other two were circling a cleaning station a little later in the dive.  As we were diving on air for this dive, we ended up having to leave them to their cleaning ritual and head to the ascent line happy, but wishing we had a little more bottom time available…

In the next couple of days we’ll also be starting the PADI Wreck Specialty…

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